Snapdragon 800-powered Pantech shows in benchmark, 10% better than Octa Galaxy S4

May 27, 2013
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Snapdragon 800

Yet another rumor has appeared involving Qualcomm’s as of yet unreleased Snapdragon 800 processor, the successor to the already speedy Snapdragon 600, which powers handsets like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and LG Optimus G Pro.

We recently heard that the next Oppo Find handset could be using the chip, and some benchmarks appeared a couple of months ago suggesting that a future LG handset would also be running the latest Snapdragon, which produced some impressive initial test results.

The latest benchmark comes courtesy of the Japanese website RBMen, which has obtained results for Pantech’s currently unannounced IM-A880 smartphone. This could well be a successor to the Pantech Vega No 6, model number IM-A860, which used an older Snapdragon S4 Pro chip.

Anyway, now for the results. The phone scores an impressive 30133 in the Antutu benchmark when clocked at 2.1 GHz, which easily beats the older Snapdragon 600 chip and even outpaces Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa Galaxy S4, which scored 25900 and 27417 in our own Antutu tests.

Pantech IM-A880 Snapdragon 800 benchmark

Percentage wise, we’re looking at around a 10% increase clock for clock over the Snapdragon 600, and a similar peak performance increase over our current benchmark leader, the Galaxy S4.  That’s not a huge performance improvement, but a decent enough one, considering that the Snapdragon 800 is an extension of the current generation of processors.

HTC One vs Galaxy S4 benchmarks

The Snapdragon 800 results would top our benchmarks, surpassing the Snapdragon 600 and Exynos 5 versions of the Galaxy S4 by a decent enough margin.

With the Snapdragon 800 expected to be hitting mass production sometime soon, it’s not far fetched to expect a few leaks here and there, and the results are in line with the performance improvements expected over the Snapdragon 600.

Time will tell if these initial results turn out to be accurate, but, if they are, the Snapdragon 800 is set to be one fast chip.

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